Time to channel your inner Ariel. Move over coastal grandma, Mermaidcore is here and we have fifteen fantastic takes on this iridescent ocean-inspired trend.
Like so many fabulous trends that started as something niche, the Mermaid look has emerged from the waters like Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, herself. Of course, we have to give major props to the equally goddess-like Hallie Bailey and her 2023 portrayal of The Little Mermaid, and Dua Lipa’s highly anticipated Mermaid Barbie.
So what exactly is the Mermaidcore aesthetic and how does it translate IRL? In Mermaidcore fashion, you might see clothing and accessories adorned with seashells, starfish, pearls, and other marine-themed embellishments. But it also doesn’t need to be so literal. Fabrics with a reflective or holographic quality, such as sequins or iridescent materials, are often incorporated. Pastel hues like turquoise, lavender, and coral are commonly used, along with metallic accents.
Sound like something you’d like to dive into? Our editors take on this underwater world trend and have found fifteen pieces that you’ll definitely want to make part of your world…
We start foot first, with this electrically iridescent heel by Nina. The ombré colors of blue, pink, purple and silver melt into each other creating the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet into this trend.
Nina, Nina85 Classic Pump $74.25
(on Sale NOW from $99)
This sequinned mini dress from Windsor is perfect for the mermaid out on the town and ready to dance the night away.
Get the mermaid look at your fingertips with this sumptuous, double chrome finish nail polish by JINSoon. The rich turquoise blue looks absolutely stunning. It’s also non-toxic, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
Like the song says…flippin’ your fins, you don’t get too far, but with Madison’s wide bell bottoms you can still have the illusion of your mermaid tail. These metallic jeans are produced in small artisan factories in Italy using a handmade process of multiple foiling layers, making each pair unique.
Channeling some big ocean energy, this multi-strand necklace by Kendra Scott includes a gorgeous lilac abalone pendant stone on a 14k gold (over brass) necklace with a second strand of eleven delicate pearls.
NARS is about to make your mermaid eyes dream come true, courtesy of their best-selling Quad Eyeshadow and the multi-dimensional foursome called Moskova. This potent collection of shimmering moss and emerald green, denim blue and black w/blue shimmer has all you need to create your favorite variation of mermaid eyes. You’ll need to be quick though, as this color-combo sells out fast, and you wouldn’t want this to be the fish that got away…
If you’re looking for a more abstract take, Milly’s Under the Sea mini dress delivers. This ruffled, cutout skater dress is covered in an overlapping, water colored coral illustrations. Perfect for a vacation get-away outfit.
We’ve weighted it in, and these scales are in your favor as a fashionable add to your mermaidcore going-out look.
Of course not everyone has a secret cave under the ocean…some of us have to stash our stuff the old fashioned way. This shimmering, champagne gold seashell shaped clutch purse definitely lets us do it in style.
For a quick injection of mermaid style into your stacking ring game, rotate in Enso’s classic silicon ring in Mermaid Scales. This iridescent, moody purple and gold jewelry piece will look amazing layered in with your silver stackables and pearl rings.
This seafoam, ruched mini skirt would look equally amazing with a sexy sequinned top or an off-the-shoulder white blouse.
(on Sale NOW from $42)
Here’s a pearl of an idea, from the Parisian brand TOUS comes this delicate and beautiful, organic pearl and gold necklace.
Of course, no mermaid is complete without her swimwear. This gorg blue metallic bikini set by Mas Martinet is perfect for your under the sea moments.
Add a bit of mermaid whimsy to your lovely locks with this elegant french barrette.
And finally, Giuseppe Zanotti’s Urchin sneakers will put a touch of mermaid in your sole (footwear pun intended). These glitter pink walking sneaks have a super creative, wrap-around rubber sole that’s covered with dozens of tiny ‘scales’, making them the envy of any active merms out there.